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Nevada Irrigation District manager says Centennial Reservoir bridge would impact no homes

The Lower Reservoir Crossing would cost over $54 million. It would span the Bear River south of the current Dog Bar Road bridge.
From the Nevada Irrigation District presentation |

A proposed bridge for the Centennial Reservoir project is expected to cost more than $54 million, making it the second least expensive option out of four scenarios, NID’s general manager told Nevada County supervisors on Tuesday.

The Lower Reservoir Crossing would span the Bear River south of the current Dog Bar Road bridge. It’s one of four possible bridges in the $200 million to $300 million project. It would only affect one private property, which doesn’t have a house on it, said Remleh Scherzinger, director of the Nevada Irrigation District.

“This has the least right-of-way take,” Scherzinger told supervisors at their regular meeting.



Scherzinger said he wants to avoid anyone losing their home because of the project that would create a new reservoir on the Bear River, between the existing Combie and Rollins reservoirs.

Another option, the Downstream Dam Crossing, costs less but would increase travel time between Nevada and Placer counties and require a 15 mph speed limit, Scherzinger said.




NID’s board is scheduled to hear about the proposal at its meeting today. It will then vote on accepting the proposal, making it part of the project’s Environmental Impact Report.

A draft EIR for the project is expected around March or April. The reservoir is scheduled for completion in 2023.

In other matters, the board:

• Entered a closed-door session to discuss two issues that pose significant exposure to litigation. Supervisors took no action afterward.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.


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